Barbara worked as an English teacher for 30 years. At the age of 52, she was diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer of the colon, spread to the liver. She underwent several treatments of conventional chemotherapy and was then treated with Avastin, at her request. This had such a dramatic effect on her tumour that it became resectable and changed her prognosis from only palliative to possible cure. She also overcame a recurrence of the disease in her lymph. Barbara has since been an active campaigner for best treatment to be available for CRC patients and help them through her experience. She has also written a book called, ‘Who’s been Peeping in my Bed?’ which tells her story.
She is Patient Ambassador for Europacolon and Bowel Cancer UK.